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  1. says:

    Just rather boring and a bit on the polemic side Some thoughts on the series as a whole can be found on my blog at

  2. says:

    Adding to MarchMysteryMadness reading Cornish coast descriptives add to plot intrigue As does clear British narration of Wanda McCaddon.

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    This mystery is so cozy it doesn t even have a murder Although there are definitely victims, bodies floating in the sea, and a villain, the crime itself is entangled with the British foreign policies of the 1960s or perhaps 70s the author herself is unclear on her dates.The entire root for the crime is an immigration issue When the British Empire began to crumble in the 60s, many African states, previously under the British rule, declared independence British citizens were expelled The white Brits returned to England Unfortunately, many East Indians also worked for the British in Africa and held British passports They were expelled too, of course, but the British government denied them the rights to settle in England Those people had nowhere else to go No other country, India included, would grant them citizenship With British passports but no entry visas, many of them had no choice but vagrancy Others opted for some illegal ways into the country And of course, where the law is so inhuman it has to be broken, a number of greedy felons enter the fray Human smuggling, money, and racism intertwine in unholy combinations, creating the background for this story.Most of the characters investigating the crime are familiar to the readers from the previous novels of the series Our old acquaintances include Eleanor, an absent minded, retired lady who forgets to lock her doors but always remembers people and faces, and her niece Megan, a sergeant with the Cornish Police There is also Megan s boss, the grumpy DI Scumble, and Eleanor s assorted friends and neighbors Together, they solve the crime perpetrated before the novel started, but I won t relay the details here to avoid spoilers I would also point out that it s not necessary to read the other novels of the series to appreciate this one it stands firmly on its own The action is rather lagging, despite the urgency of the victims situation Too many unnecessary chats, tea cups, and other trifling aspects are woven into the tale like red herrings, so the readers always wonder, together with the heroes is this man important Will this woman play a role later in the story Some of those hints even pay off eventually, while others peter to nothing As always in Carola Dunn s novels, I found a number of delightful British colloquialisms, some new to me, others not, but all worth repeating Fascia a board over a shop frontHoick to rise or raise something abruptly and sharplyGimbal a device see the technical explanation elsewhere Load of codswallop nonsense, lots of itOn the whole an easy, entertaining read, although nothing special.

  4. says:

    Megan Pencarow, still considered odd as a woman police officer, investigates this crime against Indian refugees abandoned in cave bounded by rough water Her meddlesome aunt is a great help as are several friends neighbors Working on the theme of human responsibility to respect all other people races, it s an adventuresome entertaining story Aunt Eleanor s forgetfulness, however, does become quite exasperating by the end.

  5. says:

    enjoyable read

  6. says:

    Carola Dunn is one of my favorite cozy writers I ve enjoyed her Daisy Dalrymple series for years although I came to it in the middle so I have some catching up to do However, this is the third in this series featuring Eleanor Treywynn, a senior citizen who has retired to a small Cornish village I started following the series as soon as the first came out Cornwall is known for it s smugglers It s apparently an easy journey to France where smugglers could bring back cigarettes and French goods that had high taxes on them These books take place in the 70 s before cell phones and computers A young man is found nearly dead in the sea Megan, a detective sgt, a niece of Eleanor s known affectionately at Nell has taken some time off for a picnic with her aunt and a local artist Eleanor keeps hoping that a romance will develop between Megan and the artist, but so far no luck Megan jumps into the sea to save him Two hikers who are nearby offer assistance Since there are no cell phones, Eleanor has to hike back up the steep hills, find a hotel nearby and a telephone The young man is delirious and mutters something about the rest of his family in a cave Of course, this being Britain, the fog rolls in and doesn t want to leave However, rescue boats get out and finally find the family trapped in a cave The family is Indian although they had lived in Africa for many years However, now that the African companies are independent, they are expelling Indian families who have lived there for generations Despite having British passports, they are not allowed into Britain which does not want an excess of dark skinned people in their midst Sound familiar The book was a bit slow in spots, but finishes at a rousing pace as everything comes together It s an interesting look at a particular location in Britain that, like Ireland, Scotland and Brittany in France, had a large Celtic population.

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this one Eleanor Trewynn has retired and moved to a small town Her niece, Megan, is a police detective, which is absolutely NOT the norm for the time frame While walking Eleanor s dog, Eleanor, Megan, and Nick Eleanor neighbor and an artist see a body in the water Megan pulls him out The mystery Who is he He is Indian, and there are not very many in the area He manages a few words before he passes out.

  8. says:

    The classic cozy Little old lady living in a picturesque town Mysterious goings on at night Smugglers the whole works All set in a quaint English sea side town.A pleasant read all around.

  9. says:

    Really enjoyed this book I have never read a Cornish mystery before and will look forward to books by Carola Dunn

  10. says:

    I still enjoy Carola Dunn books, both this series and the Daisy Dalrymple series The library didn t have the Cornish Mystery book 2, so I jumped to book 3.The story pulled me right in with the opening rescue scene.Although I haven t been to the Cornish part of the United Kingdom, I have been to other coastlines of the United Kingdom, and I felt I could just see that sort of coastline I ve even been in a cave on an island in the UK, by way of a small boat, but the one I was in had unusual geology So, I enjoyed Dunn s settings and descriptions.It was funny that Eleanor used self defense while trying to make it not look like self defense.I still like the characters Eleanor s forgetfulness still didn t bother me as much as it did some reviewers, but it didn t seem to be as prevalent or as funny as it was in book 1 Upon reading book 1, Manna from Hades, my husband said that Eleanor s forgetfulness reminded him of some sweet, older ladies that we know No names here, but I knew whom he meant So, Eleanor s forgetfulness didn t bother him, either, because it reminded him of their sweetness I found that funny, but yes, I could imagine them in her role.Unlike most of Carola Dunn s books, this story was mostly about a search and rescue rather than a murder mystery SPOILER There was illegal activity and neglect, but not malice aforethought I didn t mind the deviation from her usual writing because it was still suspenseful.I did not figure out whodunit, but I m not convinced we had enough clues early on to do so We found out as they had the clues I think that one, or perhaps two one is debatable of S S Van Dine s rules for writing mysteries, for giving the reader fair play at solving it, were broken.After the search and rescue part of the book, I nearly lost interest in the search for the perpetrator of the crime I m not entirely sure why I would have been if people I d known in real life had been treated in that way It was just mundane, until nearly the end of the book, and then it took a bizarre turn.Eleanor thought complaints of Jocelyn so often in her mind that I wondered why they were still friends She also had negative thoughts of Mrs Davies, and understandably, of Scumble She did still like both her niece, Megan, and Nick, or else I d wonder if she were just getting old and cranky She seemed to have a pleasant character in the first book She does still dote on her niece and dog One of the other reviewers commented that Eleanor s real problem was her inner sense of arrogance towards these other people, and I could see that Although I enjoyed this book, I did quit reading one other mystery series because, in part, the protagonist was so negative about everyone else, so arrogant Alexander McCall Smith s The Sunday Morning Philosophy Club So I have will have to see if this bothers me as I go along the series.One of the other characters compared Eleanor to Agatha Christie s Miss Marple character, and I also thought she still resembled Dorothy Gilman s Mrs Pollifax Favorite quotes Eleanor reminded herself of the wisdom of allowing people to follow their charitable impulses Life is dangerous It invariably leads to death The whole point is that there is hope even in the valley of the shadow of death Yes, I know that because Jocelyn said it, and Carola Dunn even had the character say it severely, Eleanor didn t agree Maybe Ms Dunn doesn t either But I do.

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The Valley of the Shadow summary pdf The Valley of the Shadow, summary chapter 2 The Valley of the Shadow, sparknotes The Valley of the Shadow, The Valley of the Shadow 8be44b2 A Cryptic Message Spurs Eleanor, Megan, And Nick Gresham On A Frantic Search For A Refugee S Missing Family, In The Valley Of The Shadow, A Cornish Mystery From Carola DunnWhile Out On A Walk, Eleanor Trewynn, Her Niece Megan, And Her Neighbor Nick Spot A Young, Half Drowned Indian Man Floating In The Water Delirious And Concussed, He Utters A Cryptic Message About His Family Being Trapped In A Cave And His Mother Dying The Young Man, Unconscious And Unable To Help, Is Whisked Away To A Hospital While A Desperate Effort Is Mounted Find The Missing Family In TimeThe Local Police Inspector Presumes That They Are Refugees From East Africa, Abandoned By The Smugglers Who Brought Them Into England, So While The Cornwall Countryside Is Being Scoured For The Family, Eleanor Herself Descends Into A Dangerous Den Of Smugglers In A Desperate Search To Find The Man Responsible While There Is Still Time

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Valley of the Shadow
  • Carola Dunn
  • English
  • 05 January 2018
  • 9780312600679